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 user 2008-11-12 at 3:20:22 pm Views: 81
  • #20705

    HP Expands Ink/Toner Recycling Initiative
    Both companies and consumers are focusing more and more on being environmentally-friendly, keep electronics out of landfills, and recycle components that can be recycled and re-used. HP is known for its ink and toner recycling program, and the company is now taking its efforts one step further by joining forces with Staples Business Depot to create retail drop-off locations.

    As part of the pilot program, consumers can return used HP ink cartridges and LaserJet toner cartridges to more than 300 Staples stores across Canada. Once returned, the cartridges will be recycled through HPs own recycling facility, and will thus be diverted from landfills.“We introduced HP Planet Partners long before ‘going green’ was a trend, and over time, HP has made print cartridge recycling easier and more widely available,” says John Solomon, Vice President and General Manager, North American Consumer Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. “As environmental awareness and customer participation have increased, we’re proud to offer customers authorized retail recycling locations as a natural evolution of the program.”

    Previous to this initiative, HP would include envelopes in cartridge packaging so that consumers could mail used cartridges back to the company. The company says it will no longer do this in order to reduce the amount of shipping material required for recycling returns. Postage-paid return options will continue to be available at http://www.hp.com/recycle, and return labels will still be included in LaserJet toner cartridge packaging.

    HP estimates that if all ink cartridges returned via in-box envelopes in 2008 were returned in bulk from authorized retail recycling locations instead, the amount of shipping materials used would have been reduced by more than 600,000 pounds. This equates to enough cartridges to fill more than 15 tractor trailers!In order to accommodate the increased recycling efforts, HP will be doubling the size of its North American ink cartridge recycling facility to more than 80,000 square-feet.